Definition of then in English:



  • 1At that time; at the time in question.

    ‘I was living in Cairo then’
    [after preposition] ‘Phoebe by then was exhausted’
    [as adjective] ‘he accepted a peerage from the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath’
    • ‘He worked at one of the camps that was set up for Russian former soldiers who were then guest workers.’
    • ‘It was about then that I questioned the wisdom of skipping supper before coming out.’
    • ‘By then, he emphasises, Asia will be home to two thirds of the world's population.’
    • ‘Nothing had changed since then except the addition of the proposed obligation.’
    • ‘My then wife, Laura, didn't like the idea, and as it turned out, I should have listened to her.’
    • ‘It was then that I noticed that all eyes were trained on the television above our heads.’
    • ‘I think ministerial salaries have improved in both real and relative terms since then.’
    • ‘It was only then that she noticed Rhea beside her, and someone in front of them.’
    • ‘Back then, we didn't have to wear shin guards while playing soccer.’
    • ‘We were living overseas by then.’
    • ‘I used to see them a lot then.’
    • ‘By then, the emphasis was fully focused on the harmony and happiness of the marriage.’
    • ‘Since then it has become one of the more ridiculous additions to the four-year festival.’
    • ‘We realised what had happened about an hour later but by then the bag had already gone.’
    • ‘The first virus arrived within four hours, and since then I have had eight more.’
    at that time, at that point, in those days
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  • 2After that; next; afterwards.

    ‘she won the first and then the second game’
    • ‘There's nothing better than making dinner for a group of friends then going out out afterwards.’
    • ‘He was suspended on a slightly reduced salary for six months, and then he was demoted.’
    • ‘He just carries on chewing gum for a second then they launch into another song.’
    • ‘During the war years, every penny went on the war, and then afterwards on rebuilding.’
    • ‘He managed to push them away for a moment and then ran towards a taxi on the other side of the street.’
    • ‘There was then a moment of silence as her eyes narrowed slightly and her lips went into a small pout.’
    • ‘We scored early in the second half and then life became very difficult for Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘He fired once into the air, and then a second time, hitting James in the arm.’
    • ‘A second unit will then be set up in Edinburgh, most likely at the Western General Hospital.’
    • ‘She fingered a few leg and back muscles for a couple of seconds and then disappeared from the room.’
    • ‘She was picked for a second audition and then recalled and told she had the part.’
    • ‘There was silence for a moment and then the place erupted with cries of delight and amazement.’
    • ‘He gave me a kiss on the cheek, then stood up and helped me up to stand beside him.’
    • ‘It became a naval hospital during the Second World War and then a technical college and school.’
    • ‘Just remember where you posted this and then ask yourself the question again.’
    • ‘He then received a second call from her in the evening bearing the bad news.’
    • ‘He would be laughing and joking one moment and then totally different the next.’
    • ‘They then started the second half as they had ended the first, on the attack.’
    • ‘I saw the attacker hit the lad in the head or the face two or three times and then after about ten seconds he walked off.’
    • ‘On the night of the offence, he had been for a drink after work and then gone home, he said.’
    • ‘She ponders for a moment and then stresses that she does not consider it to be a stepping stone to anything.’
    • ‘After his arrest, he had had to make his own way back to Brighton and then pay for a second trip to York for the court case.’
    next, after that, afterwards, subsequently, later
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    1. 2.1Also; in addition.
      ‘I'm paid a generous salary, and then there's the money I've made at the races’
      • ‘Work is mad at the moment, and then there are exams to think about as well.’
      • ‘There are grievances, and then there are special grievances.’
      • ‘I feel that I am in a really lucky position. I paint what I like on the street and then I have a studio where I can play around with different ideas and effects, the kind of things you could never do on the street.’
      • ‘And then I have a spring show to think about, too.’
      in addition, also, besides, as well, additionally, on top of that, over and above that, moreover, furthermore, what's more, to boot
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  • 3In that case; therefore.

    ‘if you do what I tell you, then there's nothing to worry about’
    ‘well, that's okay then’
    • ‘We're at home and as long as we keep playing and keep battling to the end as we have been doing then we should do okay.’
    • ‘Okay then - but is there at least a critique of capitalism that has a potential for replacing it?’
    • ‘So much, then, for the adaptations and additions made both by Matthew and by Luke.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder, then, that we sometimes feel that we are living in a world on the edge of oblivion?’
    • ‘As long as I have the same equipment as the car beside me come race weekend then I am pretty happy.’
    • ‘If you don't want to reveal your salary or your expensive habits then now is the time to reconsider.’
    • ‘We need to get into the top three at some stage and even if it is towards the end of the season then that is okay.’
    • ‘Therefore, if a person is caught with more, then he or she has to prove that it is not for supply.’
    • ‘If the brand has used direct marketing in the past, then an updated database should be available.’
    • ‘If you thought the use of leeches in medicine was a thing of the past then think again.’
    • ‘If you have trained, you are in good condition and you acclimatise, then you should be okay.’
    • ‘If we do not increase their wages and salaries, then they will pack their bags and go.’
    • ‘My friends, if a week is a long time in politics, then a year sometimes seems like a lifetime.’
    • ‘Furthermore, if they replaced the letter in the envelope then we would not know they had done so.’
    • ‘If you find that your salary barely pays off what you owe, then it's time to take some action.’
    • ‘If we do not find a way of resolving the sins of the past then we are doomed to repeat them.’
    • ‘If this is easy to recognise for what it is then okay, but if not its effect could be diminished.’
    • ‘If breaking the laws of physics is necessary to get the plot of the movie to work, then okay.’
    • ‘If not, then the child will probably need a statement and therefore requires an assessment.’
    • ‘If you really don't want to stay here, then okay, I'll call Dave and have him pick you up.’
    in that case, that being the case, that being so, under those circumstances, it follows that
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    1. 3.1Used at the end of a sentence to emphasize an inference being drawn.
      ‘so you're still here then’
      • ‘He will cling on to a remembrance of the good things he enjoyed at Celtic in the recent past, then.’
    2. 3.2Used to finish off a conversation.
      ‘see you in an hour then’
      • ‘Till tomorrow then!’
      • ‘See you next week, then!’
      • ‘See you there then!’
      • ‘He hugged me tightly and whispered, ‘So I’ll see you in a week then?’’


  • then and there

    • Immediately.

      ‘she made up her mind then and there’
      • ‘After many arguments, we decided to vote then and there for a new leader.’
      • ‘Will made up his mind then and there, that no matter what, he needed to keep himself alive.’
      • ‘Photographers and their clients can view and select images then and there.’
      • ‘Call me fussy and prudish, but I realised then and there that the relationship would not survive the evening.’
      • ‘He informed me that all I had to do was complete a form right then and there, and I would be added to the voters' list.’
      • ‘I resolved then and there that I would fly one day in that magnificent plane.’
      • ‘He decided then and there that he was going to live on that beach one day.’
      • ‘I decided then and there that, as far as relationships went, e-mail was just great.’
      • ‘If there had been silence and a hint of awkward shifting, I would have stopped right then and there.’
      • ‘It was emotional for both of us, and we decided then and there to do what we could to help find a cure.’
      immediately, at once, straight away, right away, instantaneously, suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden, on the instant, at a stroke, forthwith, then and there, there and then, here and now, this/that, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant
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Old English thænne, thanne, thonne, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dan and German dann, also to that and the.